Council takes no action on BC Housing

 

Bay City Council took no action on two pressing agenda items during Thursday’s city council meeting.

After a lengthy executive session, council took no action on the two items that would have removed the embattled Bay City Housing Authority commissioners Danyal Manning, Vidala Rodas and Ronnie Reeves.

The decision to take no action was left with a hard comment from council member Bill Cornman over comments being made over the council’s actions over this subject.

“I wouldn’t underestimate the people at this table to understand what is going on with HUD and we had some comments from the floor that we don’t know what is going on,” said council member Bill Cornman. “That’s nonsense. I think it’s some of you that don’t know what is going on. I think we know a lot more than you think and I think we know a lot more than you don’t know. 

“There has been some mistakes made on both sides and we have this thing in a court of law, which is the worst thing you can possibly do,” Cornman said. “Nobody wins these things and you come out with hard feelings and carnage afterwards. This group has decided to take no action until the next time and then we will see what happens. Don’t underestimate the people at this table, if you do, you are making a big mistake.”

Council adjourned for a long executive session to discuss pending litigation against the city dealing with Bay City Housing Authority and its commissioner’s Ronnie Reeves, Vidala Rodas and Danyal Manning.

Council went into executive session before addressing items 13 and 14 on the posted agenda. These items dealt council to approve the ratification of Mayor Mark Bricker’s removal of Danyal Manning, Vidala Rodas and Ronnie Reeves from the Bay City Housing Authority.

Council was presented with documentation on each commissioner including:

A final removal letter, a 10-day removal hearing, a letter from HUD dated Feb. 13 and email correspondence dated Feb. 14 to Chris Kinnear, HUD legal counsel and Andy Taylor, the three commissioner’s legal counsel. 

Council members wanted to wait until after another court hearing on the pending litigation before making any decisions on the agenda items. A court hearing is presently scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. in district court. 

In other council action, Council approved a lease agreement with the House of Refuge Bay City for the city-owned property located at 2001 5th Street. The property can be used for a homeless shelter with a set of rules that were provided for the city.

“If the rules are changed without the city’s approval, then the city can terminate the lease,” said Bay City Attorney Ann Marie Odefey. 

Council rescheduled an item to approve a budget amendment in the amount of $75,000 for the Bay City Parks and Recreation Department.

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